5 futuristic hyper-efficient cars, designed by students from the UK for the Shell Eco-marathon – a competition to see how far the vehicles can travel on 1 litre of fuel, drive over Westminster Bridge in London to mark its arrival to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 4, 2015. This year’s event is going beyond the student competition by launching ‘Make the Future’, a public festival to raise greater awareness of the wider energy challenge faced by the UK. The festival will be taking place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from June 30 to July 3 2016. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Today it was announced one of the world’s longest-running student initiatives, Shell Eco-marathon, is coming to London for the first time in its 30 year history in Summer 2016. The famous competition will be the showpiece of ‘Make the Future’, a four day festival of bright ideas and innovation held at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

School students from across London are being invited by Shell to visit the festival and take a journey into the future, with the opportunity to see the cars of the future battling it out in the Shell Eco-marathon mileage challenge. The competition will see hundreds of student teams from across the globe push the limits of engineering creativity to design and build hyper-efficient cars, fuelled only by ingenuity and a litre of fuel! The current record stands at an incredible 3,771km, the equivalent of travelling from London to Rome and back.

Students will see future energy ideas and technologies from around the world, experience a wealth of interactive science shows and immerse themselves in careers information and experiences. In addition to offering a wide range of learning experiences, the public festival will showcase the winners of Shell’s exciting new national schools competition: The Bright Ideas Challenge.

With three quarters of the world’s population set to live in cities by 2050, Shell is inviting students aged 11-14 to imagine creative solutions to the energy challenges faced by future cities. They will need to use their ingenuity, problem solving skills and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) expertise to push the boundaries of creativity.

There will be regional prizes for students and schools, with one school being crowned the national winner and receiving £5,000 to super-size its STEM lessons.

Erik Bonino, Chairman Shell UK, said: ”’Make the Future’ is a four day celebration of innovation and the power of great engineering. Our schools challenge is about students getting involved in the energy conversation and offering up their bright ideas. We want to inspire young people about the positive role they can play in society and to encourage them to become the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.”

To find out more or register your interest visit http://www.shell.co.uk/mtfschools

Notes to editors:

Make the Future is a festival of ideas and innovations that supports bright energy ideas and provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy challenge. It is a four-day event that will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, 30 June - 3 July, 2016. Through virtual reality experiences and hands-on science experiments visitors will explore what is happening now and what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energies to natural gas or low-carbon technologies.

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique, global competition that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. There are three Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year in Asia, America and Europe. The competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.

Shell schools programme – The Bright Ideas Challenge is an exciting new school programme supporting the “Make the Future” initiative. We’re asking students aged 11-14 to use their creativity to devise innovative solutions to the energy challenges faced by cities of the future. A curriculum-linked toolkit will help teachers run the challenge. Prizes will be awarded to help schools super-size their STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) lessons.

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